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The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast

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The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast reveals the science behind human sexuality. Every two weeks Dr. Rob Burriss uncovers fascinating new research on attraction, jealousy, lust, and love. Recent topics include: what is the evolutionary purpose of oral sex? Why do 75% of ovulating women wear red? And how do tattoos attract men, and guitars attract women? Join Rob to find out the answers to all these questions and more!

The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast reveals the science behind human sexuality. Every two weeks Dr. Rob Burriss uncovers fascinating new research on attraction, jealousy, lust, and love. Recent topics include: what is the evolutionary purpose of oral sex? Why do 75% of ovulating women wear red? And how do tattoos attract men, and guitars attract women? Join Rob to find out the answers to all these questions and more!
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Newcastle, United Kingdom

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The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast reveals the science behind human sexuality. Every two weeks Dr. Rob Burriss uncovers fascinating new research on attraction, jealousy, lust, and love. Recent topics include: what is the evolutionary purpose of oral sex? Why do 75% of ovulating women wear red? And how do tattoos attract men, and guitars attract women? Join Rob to find out the answers to all these questions and more!

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English


Episodes

Looking healthy: Limbal rings, face shape, and skin colour. 21 Nov 2017

11/21/2017
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Looking healthy is vital to an attractive appearance. But how do we judge a person's healthiness? We find out how face shape and colour influence our perceptions of health, and revisit the idea of limbal rings: a part of the eye that gives away our health and age. Download the MP3 Support me! Support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 and get access to the patron-only feed, including bonus podcasts and blogs not available elsewhere. Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes...

Duration: 00:13:57


Cosmetic surgery and advertising. 24 Oct 2017

10/24/2017
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Why do people have cosmetic surgery, and how do cosmetic surgery advertisements make women feel about themselves and behave towards their partners? I also speak to Dr. Sylvie Borau of the Toulouse Business School about her new research on how sexy advertisements trigger women's competitive urges. Download the MP3 Support me! Support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 and get access to the patron-only feed, including bonus podcasts and blogs not available elsewhere. Rate...

Duration: 00:30:14


The 'Distracted Boyfriend' and dick-pics. 26 Sep 2017

10/24/2017
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Is there any truth to the cliche of the man who can't talk to a woman without tearing his eyes away from her body? We find out. Also, are we more likely to remember attractive or unattractive faces, even after seeing them for just a split second? And Dr. Evita March is back to talk about her research on sharing explicit images (AKA sending dick pics). Download the MP3 Support me! Support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 and get access to the patron-only feed, including bonus...

Duration: 00:27:21


Facebook and infidelity. 29 Aug 2017

8/29/2017
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Nobody likes to discover that their partner is cheating on them, but how do we react when infidelity is exposed on social media? And can you tell if someone is a cheater by their voice alone? I also speak with Dr. Evita March of Federation University, Australia, about her research on selfies and narcissism. Download the MP3 Support me! Support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 and get access to the patron-only feed, including bonus podcasts and blogs not available...

Duration: 00:25:26


Conflict and reconciliation. 01 Aug 2017

8/1/2017
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Do men and women have different tactics for making up after a fight? And do couples resolve sexual and non-sexual conflicts differently? We'll find out in this episode about conflict resolution. I also talk to Dr. Sylvie Borau about her research on gendered marketing. Download the MP3 Support me! Support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 and get access to the patron-only feed, including bonus podcasts and blogs not available elsewhere. Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in...

Duration: 00:26:31


BONUS: The Evolutionary Psychology of Mate Preference. 18 Jul 2017

7/18/2017
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Earlier this year I posted a bonus episode featuring contributions from students in my undergraduate seminar here at Basel University. It proved to be one of the more popular episodes of the podcast. This semester I taught a masters level class on the evolutionary psychology of mate preference and, again, gave the students the task of summarising the research papers they found most interesting for a special bonus episode. As before, most of the students are not native English speakers,...

Duration: 01:13:12


The face of a leader. 04 Jul 2017

7/4/2017
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Can you tell a good leader from their face or their name? We'll look at the results of two new experiments to find out. Plus I talk to Zuzana Štěrbová about her research on how childhood experiences impact our love lives. Download the MP3 Support me! Support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 and get access to the patron-only feed, including bonus podcasts and blogs not available elsewhere. Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher. Read the transcript! The...

Duration: 00:25:21


It's a family affair. 06 Jun 2017

6/6/2017
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Supporters of the podcast on Patreon have chosen the topic for this month's episode, and it's a family affair: we find out if parents prefer attractive partners for their offspring. We will also discover if our partners tend to resemble our siblings (*shudder*). And I speak to Jaime Benjamin, a PhD student at the University of Dundee, about her new research on how men and women trade off appearance against wealth in potential partners. Download the MP3 Support me! Support the podcast...

Duration: 00:26:22


Sexting and phubbing: New technology and dating. 14 Mar 2017

3/14/2017
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How do mobile phones improve and damage our relationships? We look at a study of sexting among high school students, and find out about 'phubbing': a modern relationship behaviour you have almost certainly experienced. Download the MP3 Support me! Support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 and get access to the patron-only feed, including bonus podcasts and blogs not available elsewhere. Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher. Read the transcript! I post...

Duration: 00:15:09


BONUS: Personality and intimate relationships. 21 Feb 2017

2/21/2017
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Some of you may know that last summer I started a new job at Basel University in Switzerland. During the autumn semester, I taught a class on personality and intimate relationships. One thing I had the class do is read research papers and prepare short written assignments on them, in a style similar to my podcast. Several of the students also recorded their assignments, so here is a special bonus episode featuring their work. Almost none of the students are native English speakers, and...

Duration: 01:18:24


Bad boys: Tattoos and soldiers. 14 Feb 2017

2/14/2017
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It's a bad boy special. We discover if a spell at an army training camp can change the type of woman a man finds most attractive. We also find out what tattoos say about a man's health, masculinity, and perceived parenting ability. Download the MP3 Support me! Support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 and get access to the patron-only feed, including bonus podcasts and blogs not available elsewhere. Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher. Read the...

Duration: 00:11:17


Sex and drugs: How substance abuse affects your love life. 20 Dec 2016

12/20/2016
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Download the MP3 Sex and drugs: Does taking illicit substances affect your mating success? We also find out how a dose of testosterone influences what men find attractive. Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher. Support me! Support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 and get access to the patron-only feed, including bonus podcasts and blogs not available elsewhere. Read the transcript! Sex & Drugs: Can Substance Use Enhance Your Love Life? How...

Duration: 00:15:19


Politics and sex: Can attractiveness psychology make sense of the presidential election? 22 Nov 2016

11/22/2016
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In a belated attempt to understand the results of the recent US elections, we harness the power of attractiveness psychology (because polling doesn't seem to work). Do we vote for candidates based on their voices? Is our party political preference linked to our sexual behaviour? We find out in this month's show. Download the MP3 Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher. Read the transcript! Conservatives and Liberals: From the Polling Place to the Bedroom Deeper...

Duration: 00:13:18


Porn: Does it damage your relationship? 25 Oct 2016

10/25/2016
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Download the MP3 Does viewing pornography damage your relationship? In this episode we look at two recent research studies that seek to answer this question using very different methods. Also, does Trump’s red “power tie” really make him appear more dominant? Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher. Read the transcript! I post the transcript shortly after I post the podcast. It will be up soon. Does viewing pornography have adverse effects on your relationship?...

Duration: 00:16:02


Are clever women attractive? 27 Sep 2016

9/27/2016
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Download the MP3 Men are more attractive if they are intelligent, but what do smarts do for feminine appeal? We also find out whether physically attractive women are more interested in short-term flings or serious long-term relationships. Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher. Read the transcript! Are Men Attracted to Clever Women? Are Attractive Women More Interested in Flings? Are smarter women more attractive? Nottingham Trent University/Flickr The...

Duration: 00:15:07


Internet dating and ethnicity, with Melinda Mills; selfies and self-esteem. 29 Dec 2015

12/29/2015
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I recently attended the Galton Institute's conference on mate choice, and was lucky to grab an interview with Prof. Melinda Mills, head of The University of Oxford's Department of Sociology. We spoke about Melinda's research on ethnicity and internet dating, why attitudes to migration shape who we are willing to date, and discussed some of the difficulties inherent in studying dating preferences on the web. I also talk about some new research on selfies and who takes them. Download the MP3...

Duration: 00:25:00


Masculine masks: Testosterone and makeup, and bearded sexists. 15 Dec 2015

12/15/2015
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Masculine masks: what a bushy beard says about a man's attitudes to women, and why a hit of the male hormone testosterone could have you reaching for your make up bag. Download the MP3 Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher. Read the transcript! Feeling Hormonal? Slap on the Makeup Are Bearded Men More Sexist? Eurovision winner, Conchita Wurst. Pretty much the perfect image for a podcast about beards and make up. Alexander Gotter/FlickrThe articles covered in the show:...

Duration: 00:08:47


Attractive hotel guests receive better customer service, with Dasa Fabjan 01 Dec 2015

12/2/2015
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Checking in? I talk to Dasa Fabjan about how the attractiveness of hotel guests can influence the service they receive. We'll also find out why the size of your Christmas bonus might be linked to your appearance. Download the MP3 Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher. Read the transcript! Paid and Pretty Hotel receptionists are often asked to project an attractive appearance, but do they also pay attention to the appearance of their customers? Linford Butler/FlickrThe...

Duration: 00:18:21


Diet and desire: How the food we eat influences odour and attraction. 17 Nov 2015

11/17/2015
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Diet and desire: Why you and your partner shouldn't turn your nose up at garlic, and how men get greedy when there's a woman in the room. Also, since it's #AntiBullyingWeek, we also find out why bullying may be a mating tactic. Download the MP3 Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher. Read the transcript! Another Slice of Pizza, Darling? Eating Garlic Combats Body Odor! Men eat more pizza when in the company of women. Louise Ma / WNYCThe articles covered in the show:...

Duration: 00:13:59


GSOH: Humor, smiling, and long vs. short term relationships, with Matia Okubo 03 Nov 2015

11/3/2015
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Turn that frown upside down! We look at research on attraction and humor. Does a GSOH make you more desirable? And Matia Okubo reveals why a man who cracks a smile is good marriage material. Download the MP3 Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher. Read the transcript! I post the transcript shortly after I post the podcast. It will be up soon. Psychologists from Japan have found that men are more attractive when they smile, but only for long-term relationships.The...

Duration: 00:16:29

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